As mentioned in my previous post I was recently in Egypt. Marsa Alam to be exact, so southern Egypt. Flights to Sharm el Sheikh are still on hold from England but you can still get there with a little detour or travel to a different part of Egypt. There are so many reasons to visit Egypt and no-one should be put off. Yes, a plane blow up but the cause has not been determined yet and nasty activities are happening all over the globe so no one country should be persecuted. Security measure have been increased and I had to go through more security getting out of Egypt than getting in. Anyways I digress, I wanted to blog about the trip and the amazing animals I saw. When I travel I often travel to scuba dive or to experience cultures around the world.
I love scuba diving in the Red Sea. Nothing quite compares to it! The water is warm, the amount of fish and coral is unbelievable and you also get quite a bit of megafauna. Marsa Alam jumped onto my dive list destination due to the dugongs. There are very few places in the world where you can dive with these and with the state of our oceans its becoming a now or never mentality. So at the NEC Dive show 2015 a deal was found that allowed 5 days diving in Marsa Alam with Emperor Divers. Emperor Divers were fantastic and I couldn’t have asked for a better trip. We were accommodated in every respect and when I go back to Marsa Alam I will be using the same company.
The first dive got us our dugong. He is known to the guides as Dyson as they see him quite a bit and we spent as much time with Dyson as he would allow. I was also quite lucky that a video I took of Dyson was put up onto Emperor’s Facebook page (Dyson the Dugong) The diving just got better from there. We saw an amazing amount of colourful fish, corals, stingrays and turtles. I even got to play chicken with a Hawksbill turtles which was amazing! The turtle got so close I could see all the detail in its shell and face, such beautiful creatures. I definitely have a soft spot for turtles! We also managed to get in Elphinstone Reef which is a pretty famous site. Known more so for it sharks, we however, only saw a big grey reef shark high tailing it away from us. January is not shark season so can’t complain especially not with all the other animals we were seeing.
Egypt is amazing and instead of me continuing with my waffle I have included some of the photos I managed to snap. Just to note I am not a professional photographer. If anyone is after a destination that has it all I recommend a dive trip to Egypt. The weather is great, the diving is amazing and the people are friendly!